This is a modified version of the question I misposted on Consumerwatch. Now I'm searching the right forum I've come up with a post that answers most of what I asked. I have got a supplementary question, though.
My computer loads quite a number of programs on Startup, most of which I don't want, some of which I have no memory of ever asking for. However the names of some of them are not very transparent. How do I track down which one are essential (like Systray) and which are redundant?
Having found the Startup list By running Startup/Run/msconfig/startup I now have a list of the programs that load on Startup. A post from 2001 suggests that I can safely eliminate any that appear below the entry "Load Power Profile". Can anyone confirm that this is correct?
There are a few that I wonder about:
Scheduling Agent NPPROTECT Iomega Watch (I have a Zip Drive) SAgent2ExePath Iomega Stratup options Refresh Microsoft Office Startup Epson Status Monitor 3 Environment Check 2
Do I just uncheck them to stop them loading?
On my taskbar I have a few other icons that are not listed in the Startup list:
QuickTime SBLive DiscDetector A few others whose purpose seems fairly obvious